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December 14, 2020

Call for applications: Bachelor and Master in Fine Arts

University of the Arts Helsinki

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen.

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts welcomes applications for the 5.5-year programme leading to Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

Our degree programme will encourage you to find your own strengths and methods of expression within the field of fine arts. You will acquire skills and knowledge that will enable you to work independently as a visual artist and understand your own work in the context of contemporary art and society where artists may adopt multi-faceted roles and profiles.

As a student at Uniarts Helsinki's Academy of Fine Arts, you have the flexibility to pursue your own personal aspirations when selecting courses and planning your curriculum. Individual guidance and independent artistic work are integral to the studies. You are encouraged to choose courses from subject areas other than your own and to engage in versatile artistic work using different media. We also encourage cross-disciplinary studies at the other academies of Uniarts Helsinki: the Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy.

At the Academy of Fine Arts, you can study the subject areas of sculpture, painting, printmaking and time and space arts. Time and space arts allows you to specialise in moving image, photography, or site and situation specific art. Students choose their subject area after being admitted to the university during their first year of studies.

As well as first-class facilities and support, every student is provided with a workspace of their own. Students also have excellent opportunities to exhibit their work in public, thanks to the Academy’s own galleries, frequent public art projects and active cooperation with the local and international art scene. In 2021, the Academy will move to a new building designed for studying art, situated in the vibrant, up-and-coming Sörnäinen district in Helsinki.

Our faculty is composed of distinguished artists and experts from various fields of art. Students have the opportunity to work closely with our acclaimed teachers across subject areas.

Our impressive list of visiting artists and lecturers from the past few years includes, to name a few, Rachael Allen, Nisrine Boukhari, Monster Chetwynd, Elmgreen & Dragset, Okwui Enwesor, Andrea Giunta, Özgü Gündeslioglu, IC-98, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, James Nisbet, Ruth Pelzer-Montada, Alex Olson, Ciara Phillips, Olivia Plender, Martha Rosler, Ho Rui An, Mira Schor, Adam Szymczyk, Amalia Ulman, Emily Wardill, SMITH, and Ahmet Ögüt.

The primary languages of instruction at the Academy are Finnish and English, and both languages are used flexibly on the courses. All mandatory studies are offered in both Finnish and English, and it is also possible to complete credits in Swedish.

We welcome applications between January 7–20, 2021 (ending at 3pm local Finnish time on the last day). We have a two-phase applications process: electronic application including motivation letter and portfolio, and a week-long admission course.

Learn more about the programme. Admissions guide.

University of the Arts Helsinki
The University of the Arts Helsinki, located in Finland’s capital Helsinki, provides the highest level of education in music, fine arts, theatre and dance in Finland. Uniarts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts and strengthens the role of art as a force that reforms society. Established in 2013, Uniarts Helsinki consists of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy.

Learn more about the study options at Uniarts Helsinki.

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